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Education in Kuwait

The educational system in Kuwait is well-developed, largely due to the oil-wealth in the country. When the oil production picked up post World War II era, the government of Kuwait began investing huge money into social services, with education being among its top priorities.

Today, the education system in Kuwait is quite large. There are several international schools in Kuwait, which came up due to the large number of expatriates in Kuwait, who shifted their base to Kuwait due to good infrastructure.

Education in Kuwait is divided into elementary, intermediate, and secondary. Every level involves four years of study. There are pre-schools for the four to six year olds. Majority of people send their children to private schools in Kuwait, rather than government schools, due to better quality of education. There are several private schools in Kuwait, majority of which have foreign sponsors.

Among the prestigious private schools in Kuwait are the Bayan Bilingual School, the American International School, American School of Kuwait, the British School of Kuwait, the French School, and the likes.

The Kindergarten education in Kuwait has duration of two academic years, while the primary education has four year academic duration, intermediate education has duration of four years and secondary education also has duration of four academic years.

All schools in Kuwait, irrespective of whether they are private or public are subject to regulations by Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Education. All foreign schools in Kuwait are supervised by the Private Education Department of Ministry of Education, and will have to be registered with the department.

It is mandatory for all Kuwaiti children to attend primary and intermediate schools. The Arabic private schools operate with governmental support, based on academic requirements of State of Kuwait. The private schools are meant for expatriate and non-Arab children, and they follow the curriculum of their home countries. The academic year is from mid-September to mid-June, and the general school week is Saturday to Wednesday.

Majority of schools in Kuwait are public schools, which educate in the Arabic language. There are few other schools that operate under the Indian CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), American, British, and French systems, or a combination of languages. Listed below are few renowned schools in Kuwait, classified on the basis of curriculum.


The Ministry of Education offers free kindergartens for Kuwaiti children in the age group of four to six. There are also a number of expatriate schools for expatriate children of this age group.

Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Education

It is mandatory for all Kuwaiti children of the age group six to fourteen to attend primary and intermediate schools. The Arabic private schools operate through governmental support, based on the academic requirements of the State of Kuwait. The private schools meant for expatriate and non-Arab children follow the curriculum of their home countries. The academic year begins during mid-September and ends during mid-June. The school week is Saturday to Wednesday.

University Education

Kuwait University was established during 1966 with an intention of providing professional, academic and technical rehabilitation, and to supply the country with qualified manpower, specialized in different fields. The Kuwait University is also open to expatriate students, and the admissions are carried out based on their grades.

There are various private institutions also in the country that offer full time and part time courses in various fields.

Qualitative Education

This is categorized as Special Education, Religious Education and Adult Education. Religious education comprises eighty one institutes of intermediate and secondary levels. Special education is provided by the Ministry to the disabled children in the state. Adult education targets the eradication of illiteracy among adults..